Religious leaders all across the country are urging Christians to become more involved in their communities.
Fifty individuals, including Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Rev. C.T. Vivian and former president Jimmy Carter, have signed A Public Call to Protect All People, a document asking Christian congregations to “protect and support all people” and “reach across lines of creed, class, ethnicity, race and party preference.” The call also comes with an implementation guide for congregations.
“The 2016 presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have added to the anger, fear and misunderstanding already present in our communities,” reads the call. “Most importantly, we dare not ignore that the elevation of Donald Trump as President of the United States came with threatening, authoritarian messages. If such talk is not opposed, we open the way to more radical attacks on human rights and democratic processes here in the U.S.”
The call asks for Christian congregations to make the following commitments to their communities:
1. Protect and support the worth and rights of all people, including marginalized persons who are targeted, discriminated against or singled out by hate crimes or state-sponsored/sanctioned violence;
2. Oppose the aspirations of those who seek U.S. global domination through the use of propaganda, inciting terror, military threats, regime change and war. We will support instead the practices of diplomacy and negotiation, which lead to peace.
3. Support a just economic order—one that is sustainable as a servant of the people amid the changes in climate that have already begun.
4. Keep these promises by reaching across lines of creed, class, ethnicity, race and party preference in a spirit of empathy and learning, seeking relationships of solidarity with other groups.
The complete list of signers can be found online at forusa.org/blog.php?i=130, along with the call itself. The implementation guide can be found online at forusa.org/blog.php?i=132.